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Signing Day


By: Nailea Castillo, Andrea Sosa and Jessica Carlton, The Plaid, Staff Writers

    On February 7th, 2018, seniors participated in the annual signing day event, where they were commemorated for their achievement in both athletics and academics, and publicly committed to full-ride college offers. Each athlete was given time to express their thanks and future endeavors.

    Senior, Tyani Lowe was the first athlete to be introduced to the large, enthusiastic crowd of friends, family, coaches, and fellow teammates. “Tyani has all sorts of power when she hits. She can hit home runs that are rockets right over the top of the fence,” said the announcer. Tyani will be committing to Bethune-Cookman University, which is located in Daytona Beach, Florida. She thanked her family and friends and said that she plans on majoring in Child Psychology.

    Seniors, Rachel Kline and Madison “Maddie” Soto, from the Girl’s Soccer team, which is ranked fourth in the nation, both committed to schools at this event.

    Senior. Rachel Kline has committed to the University of South Dakota, the Coyotes. ¨My major is going to be biology,” said Kline. “I´m going to study pre-med and hopefully, go to medical school to become a surgeon.” She thanked her family, friends, and team for their continuous support these past four years through both athletics and academics.

    Senior, Madison Soto committed to Green Mountain College to also study pre-med. “She throws up a shutout every game,” said the announcer. “She says,‘Soccer team you guys are the best team I’ve ever had. You make me proud every day.’”

    Next up was senior, Taylor Juline, a member of the Boy’s Baseball team. “Taylor is a pitcher, a catcher, and an outstanding hitter,” said the announcer. Taylor has decided to commit to the University of California Riverside, where he plans on studying Sociology. “I'd like to thank my mom, brother and grandpa for always pushing me to do my best and never missing a game. I'm so grateful for you guys.”

    Five seniors from the football team committed to colleges at this event: Devin Chandler, Jaden Dedman, Elijah Klein, Corey Thomas, and Bryce Walker. Conspicuously absent from the line-up were Seniors, Leshaun Potts and Kyle Jones who, after a successful season, have both both received offers.

    Senior, Leshaun Potts has decided to commit to Arizona Western College. He would like to thank Coach Salter, Coach Travis and Coach Chavez for their support these past four years. His message to young freshmen and sophomore football players, who struggle with academics is, “To fix everything now and not quit because it is not over.” He said he would also like to thank his father and grandfather for being his number one supporters.

    Senior, Kyle Jones has decided to commit to Utah State. Jones said, “First, I want to thank God. If it weren’t for Him, my talents wouldn’t have been recognized. Thank you also to my family members, who believed in me when nobody thought I’d be here. Thank you to the Upland Community for shaping me into the man I am today. Lastly, to all of my teachers, thank you for being there for me when I needed someone to talk to.

    Senior, Jaden Dedman committed to the University of Nevada, Reno, to become a member of the Wolf Pack. “He has so much energy and enthusiasm,” said the announcer. “He is a real team leader... He mixed in well and bonded with the team immediately.” Jaden thanked his mother and father, also his teammates for being there for him throughout all four years of high school.

    Senior, Elijah Klein committed to the University of Texas, El Paso. When being introduced, he was acknowledged for his improvement and hard work. When thanking people, he thanked his parents, grandma and ceramics teacher, Mr.Bruce. Klein said, “UHS has taught me to dig deeper and push myself harder than I ever could.”

    Senior, Corey Thomas committed to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. The announcer introduced him as, “He has the speed of a mustang and he has the power and strength of a mustang.” In college Corey said, “I plan on majoring in construction management and pursuing a career within that.” He thanked his grandma, Nana Sydney, and his father, the Assistant Principal, Mr.Thomas, “For always pushing him to do his best and to never give up.”

    Senior, Bryce Parker committed to Fresno State University. When the announcer introduced him he said, “He has all the attributes that a coach wants, that a team wants.” In college, Parker wants to major in communication. Bryce thanked his brother, cousin, aunts, mom and dad, who were all sitting in the crowd cheering him. On top of that, he thanked Coach Chavez. Walker said,“Mr. Chavez told me basically that he was going to make sure I improve academically and on the field. He always had my back.”

    In the end, the hard work of each and every one of these students’ has finally paid off. “For the past four years, we’ve gone through it all. It’s been four hard years living up to this moment and the dream is finally becoming a reality. We just gotta pursue it.” (Senior, Devin Chandler) The students and staff at Upland High School would like to wish the best of luck to all of our college-bound athletes.